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Early Offer: Rosen will lure talent to UCLA
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting news from across the country. Today's offerings: UCLA quarterback commitment Josh Rosen is off to a strong start in Week 1, showcasing why he will be a valuable recruiting tool for the Bruins this season.

Extension may not end Beamer questions
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 There are those outside the Virginia Tech program who have started to wonder whether coach Frank Beamer has lost his touch, whether he will be able to go out on his own terms when he believes the time is right.

Behind the scenes: Traveling to Ireland
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Who has the travel plug adapter for James Franklin's goatee clippers? And, oh yeah, how's all that Gatorade getting over to Ireland if customs won't let it on the plane?

Mora confident Bruins will handle hype
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The 2014 preseason top 10 is laden with the usual suspects: Florida State, Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Auburn, Michigan State, South Carolina and Baylor.

Buckeyes' battle for O-line spots ongoing
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The challenge was always clear, and Urban Meyer offered one final reminder of its importance to his offensive line on the practice field.

Defining defensive success in the Big 12
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When thinking of Baylor and Oklahoma State, defense is rarely the first thing that comes to mind.Yet those two teams featured the Big 12’s top defenses in 2013, a main reason they combined for 21 victories and found themselves atop the conference standings heading into the final day of the regular season a year ago.

NC State's Jarvis Byrd seizing his last shot
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- No one expected Jarvis Byrd to still be here, and so NC State made plans for his jersey. No. 9 never quite fit Byrd, anyway. He was wearing No.

Aggies DC Snyder eyes results, not talk
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Perhaps the second-most popular question about this season’s edition of Texas A&M -- after the obligatory “What’s life without Johnny Manziel going to be like?

WSU says goodbye to annual Seattle game
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After 13 years of home-away-from-home games in Seattle, Washington State Cougars athletic director Bill Moos is pulling the plug on the Cougars' almost-yearly trek over the Cascade Mountains.

Take 2: Biggest keys to Clemson-UGA
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These SEC openers are getting pretty routine for Clemson. The past two years, the Tigers started the season with wins against Auburn and Georgia. On Saturday, they face the Bulldogs again, this time in Athens, Georgia.

Tar Heels suspend 4 for opener
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina coach Larry Fedora says the team has suspended four players for this weekend's season opener, a day after a report that an alleged hazing altercation left a walk-on receiver with a possible concussion.

Extension may not end Beamer questions
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 There are those outside the Virginia Tech program who have started to wonder whether coach Frank Beamer has lost his touch, whether he will be able to go out on his own terms when he believes the time is right.

UMass trolls Doug Flutie and his statue
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When one thinks of in-state rivalries in college football, Boston College and Massachusetts isn't exactly top of mind. But we can always get behind a little rivalry hijinks during game week.

Q&A: Duke LB David Helton
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Duke Blue Devils linebacker David Helton shifted over to middle linebacker following the season-ending injury to starter Kelby Brown. How has he adjusted to the new role, and what is he doing to be a more vocal leader?

NC State's Jarvis Byrd seizing his last shot
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- No one expected Jarvis Byrd to still be here, and so NC State made plans for his jersey. No. 9 never quite fit Byrd, anyway. He was wearing No.

Take 2: Biggest keys to Clemson-UGA
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These SEC openers are getting pretty routine for Clemson. The past two years, the Tigers started the season with wins against Auburn and Georgia. On Saturday, they face the Bulldogs again, this time in Athens, Georgia.

The notebook: Writings have Williams ready
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Karlos Williams walked into the room, briefly introduced himself and within seconds was knee deep in offensive football parlance.

#Dallas2Dallas will define FSU's season
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- At the beginning of this week, Florida State was still celebrating the hashtag #Dallas2Dallas. It's been the motto all offseason for a team that opens its season in the home of the Dallas Cowboys, the same place the first College Football Playoff championship will be held.

ACC morning links
If the first season is usually when a coach gets the benefit of the doubt, Year 2 is when fans want to see improvement so that by Year 3 the coaching staff's plan is coming to fruition.

UM back Johnson could bring Miami 'back'
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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Las Vegas gambling community considers Miami to be the ACC Coastal Division team with the best chance to win the conference. Based on point spreads, it also sees the Hurricanes as the team with the best chance to upset Florida State this season.

Texas DC Bedford makes plea for sellout
AUSTIN, Texas -- Three days before Charlie Strong and his staff make their official Texas debut, defensive coordinator Vance Bedford sent a clear message to the fan base: Buy a ticket.

Iowa State's eyes open to tough opener
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Iowa State gave little notice to the biggest upset in college football in Week 1 of last season.Because as North Dakota State was driving to knock off Kansas State in Manhattan, the Cyclones were licking the wounds after falling to another FCS power, Northern Iowa.

Defining defensive success in the Big 12
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When thinking of Baylor and Oklahoma State, defense is rarely the first thing that comes to mind.Yet those two teams featured the Big 12’s top defenses in 2013, a main reason they combined for 21 victories and found themselves atop the conference standings heading into the final day of the regular season a year ago.

Q&A: Baylor WR Antwan Goodley
WACO, Texas -- Baylor wide receiver Antwan Goodley is ready to follow up his breakthrough All-Big 12 junior season with some more fireworks. After putting up 1,339 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns on 71 receptions, he'll be asked to not only beat defenses as Bryce Petty's go-to target, but also help guide a young and promising group of wide receivers.

Summer work results in seasoned signees
At some point this weekend, Dravon Henry will trot onto the field against SEC power Alabama. It will be baptism under fire for West Virginia's true freshman safety.

Bob Stoops embracing Spurrier's ways?
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NORMAN, Okla. -- Bob Stoops' former players swear he hasn't changed.Instead, the rest of us are just getting to know Oklahoma's head football coach a little better.

Stats that matter: North Texas-Texas
Are you ready for some numbers? It's time once again for our weekly stat digs, in which we team with ESPN Stats and Info to find the numbers that matter most for the Longhorns and their next opponent.

Big 12 morning links
"Hot feet Hart?" Sad news from Cyclone country as former Iowa State running back Hiawatha Rutland was found dead near Lake Erie on Monday. Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register reports that his death continues a unfortunate trend of former Cyclones losing their lives.

Trickett's first kiss was Saban's daughter
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West Virginia's opener with Alabama this weekend took an interesting turn Tuesday when Mountaineers quarterback Clint Trickett was asked after practice about his relationship with Alabama coach Nick Saban.

Big 12 mailbag
Thanks for submitting questions for this week's mailbag. In today's mailbag we talk about Kansas State's running back situation, the big games of the week -- Oklahoma State-Florida State and Alabama-West Virginia -- as well as a potential new look for Texas.

Best cross-conference recruiting battles
Some recruits get attention from all over the country. Whether it’s their prowess or proximity to multiple teams, top prospects will have schools from multiple conferences pursuing them.

Recruit and return: UCF Knights
You won’t find UCF in the top 40 of the class rankings, but the Knights currently rank at No. 6 in the American Athletic Conference rankings. After the Knights’ 52-42 victory over Baylor in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, here’s a look at how UCF has done on the recruiting trail and what it will need to do moving forward to capitalize on its BCS win.

Chat wrap: College GameDay
Join our ESPN.com college football experts as they preview Saturday's matchups.Contribute your thoughts and questions beginning at 9 a.m. ET. See you there.

Unfamiliar foes: USF
Our series taking a team-by-team look at the marquee nonconference faces the future American Athletic Conference will see in the fall ends today with USF.

Big East lunchtime links
Have a great weekend! The No. 1 player Paul Dehner Jr. says has to develop for Cincinnati this season is .... Louisville picked up two commitments Thursday.

Aresco looks to the future of the American
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When the calendar turns to July 1 on Monday, the American Athletic Conference officially begins operations.It has been a turmoil-filled two years for the league no longer known as the Big East.

Rising stock of Teddy Bridgewater
The 2013 college football season has the potential to be one of the greatest quarterback classes ever. Eight of the top 10 teams in last year’s final AP Poll return their starting quarterbacks, and every conference except the Big 12 returns either their first- or second-team quarterbacks from last season.

Big East mailbag
Coming at you one day early.Bigg Edd Gladney in Somerset, N.J., writes: Since Pitt will not let Shell return to the team, would it be a good idea for Rutgers or Temple to make a play for him (since he wants to be on the East Coast, close to his daughter and family)?

Big East lunchtime links
Plenty of recruiting news. Receiver Johnny Holton needs to step up for Cincinnati this year. Former Louisville linebacker Otis Wilson is set for induction into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame on Friday.

Unfamiliar foes: UConn
Our series taking a team-by-team look at the marquee nonconference faces the future American Athletic Conference will see in the fall continues today with UConn.

Big Ten Wednesday mailbag
 

Nebraska, Michigan still have tickets to sell
LINCOLN, Neb. -- In the shadow of Memorial Stadium, a modest line formed on the ground floor of the Stadium Drive parking garage inside the Nebraska ticket office on Monday afternoon.

B1G players in Week 1 spotlight
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Just a little more than 24 hours now before the first Big Ten team kicks off the season. We've waited so long for football to return that we'll even eagerly gobble up games against FCS opponents this weekend.

Behind the scenes: Traveling to Ireland
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Who has the travel plug adapter for James Franklin's goatee clippers? And, oh yeah, how's all that Gatorade getting over to Ireland if customs won't let it on the plane?

Buckeyes' battle for O-line spots ongoing
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The challenge was always clear, and Urban Meyer offered one final reminder of its importance to his offensive line on the practice field.

LSU-Wisconsin primer
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For more than a decade, no FBS programs have experienced more success in out-of-conference games during the regular season than LSU and Wisconsin -- programs that open the season against one another on Saturday in Houston.

Predictions: Coach of the year
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The Big Ten reporters give their preseason picks for 2014 league coach of the year.

Predictions: Defensive player of the year
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The Big Ten reporting crew gives its picks for league defensive player of the year honors in 2014.

Predictions: Freshman of the year
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The Big Ten reporting crew gives its predictions for the league freshman of the year.

Predictions: Offensive player of the year
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The Big Ten reporters offer their preseason picks for league offensive player of the year.

Mailbag: Worst case scenarios
My weekly mailbag returns! We're keeping them tighter this season, so I'll only hit two or three questions per mailbag. But that doesn't mean we still can't have a little fun (see question No.

The one where UO learns a lesson from U-M
Initially, when I sat down to write about the Oregon Ducks-South Dakota Coyotes game, a few things came to mind. Maybe I should compare South Dakota to the opening act and Michigan State to the main show.

USC's Josh Shaw admits to lying
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 USC senior cornerback Josh Shaw has admitted to lying about how he suffered his ankle injuries last weekend and has been suspended indefinitely, the school said in a statement Wednesday.

Mora confident Bruins will handle hype
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The 2014 preseason top 10 is laden with the usual suspects: Florida State, Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Auburn, Michigan State, South Carolina and Baylor.

WSU says goodbye to annual Seattle game
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After 13 years of home-away-from-home games in Seattle, Washington State Cougars athletic director Bill Moos is pulling the plug on the Cougars' almost-yearly trek over the Cascade Mountains.

Are we too jacked up for Myles Jack?
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By the time the 2014 season has come to an end, UCLA's Myles Jack will have tallied 20 sacks and eight interceptions, run for 25 touchdowns, won a Heisman, a national championship, dropped a Grammy-winning album, rescued 17 kittens from trees, cracked Kryptos and will have single-handedly brought balance to the force.

Pac-12 morning links
Well, I'm not crazy about the plutonium or nicotine, but it is very nice to see Bart eating his vegetables.Leading offIf the first day of Week 1 is any indication of how the season will go, it's going to be an odd season.

Poll: How many 1,000-yard rushers in 2014?
The talk of Pac-12 town this season is the quarterbacks. Yes, yes, we know.But don’t forget the talent the league has at running back, too. The run game, after all, is what opens up the passing lanes for the signal-callers.

Something to prove in the Pac-12
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Enough chatter. Enough previews. Enough hype. It’s game week. Time to put up or shhhhhh.Today we’re going to take a look at players/coaches/position groups with something to prove in 2014.

Josh Shaw's story questioned
LOS ANGELES -- USC football coach Steve Sarkisian said the school has received several calls questioning the authenticity of Josh Shaw's story about saving his nephew from potentially drowning and is investigating the matter.

Trey DePriest won't play in opener
Alabama will begin the season against West Virginia on Saturday without starting inside linebacker Trey DePriest due to an undisclosed NCAA infraction, coach Nick Saban announced.

An inside look at Steve Spurrier's office
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As Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks get ready to kick off the 2014 season tomorrow night, it's as good a time as any to examine what makes the Head Ball Coach tick.

Auburn QB dilemma doesn't faze Hogs
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Back in July at SEC media days, Bret Bielema predicted that his Arkansas team would see Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall in the season opener despite Marshall’s run-in with the law just days prior to the event.

SEC Week 1 upset alert
So just how many SEC teams will play in the inaugural College Football Playoff? The conference utterly dominated the top of the BCS standings over the past decade and claimed seven of the last eight national titles.

Prove it: Mason or Thompson
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In the first installment of a weekly series, Alex Scarborough and Greg Ostendorf debate which quarterback will have the better senior season, Hutson Mason or Dylan Thompson?

Low: Spurrier winning at football, life
The Head Ball Coach works modest hours, plays golf, says what he wants and still wins at historic levels. And he might just be around long enough to challenge Bear Bryant's record for SEC wins, once thought unbreakable.

Aggies DC Snyder eyes results, not talk
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Perhaps the second-most popular question about this season’s edition of Texas A&M -- after the obligatory “What’s life without Johnny Manziel going to be like?

Take 2: Biggest keys to Clemson-UGA
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These SEC openers are getting pretty routine for Clemson. The past two years, the Tigers started the season with wins against Auburn and Georgia. On Saturday, they face the Bulldogs again, this time in Athens, Georgia.

LSU-Wisconsin primer
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For more than a decade, no FBS programs have experienced more success in out-of-conference games during the regular season than LSU and Wisconsin -- programs that open the season against one another on Saturday in Houston.

Roper and his offense give Gators hope
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- If you ask Kurt Roper the coach to go back in time and evaluate Kurt Roper the quarterback, you'll get a belly laugh as he describes himself essentially as a recruiting whiff.


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